This big announce was supposed to come days ago, and of course people (us) freaked that it didn’t. But as Goldenvoice President Paul Tollett put it, “We’re not stalling, we’re still working on the show. Everything we do is in service of the show, not in service of the announcement of the show.” Whether they were stalling or working or whatever, who cares: Coachella’s back in the blockbuster business.

Headliners: Paul McCartney (Friday), The Killers (Saturday), The Cure (Sunday). OK, maybe not insane enough for you. Yet. But as always, it’s in the fine print of the Indio poster that the party takes full shape. Also on Friday: Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst, Beirut, Girl Talk, M. Ward, Crystal Castles, Buraka Som Sistema, the Hold Steady. For your Saturday: TV On The Radio, Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Superchunk, Liars, Blitzen Trapper, Gang Gang Dance, Tinariwen, Ida Maria, Mastodon, Hercules & Love Affair. And Sunday? My Bloody fucking Valentine. (And Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, PB&J, Antony, Lykke Li, Okkervil, Fucked Up, No Age, Vivan Girls, Gaslight Anthem, but yeah … MBV. Basically a double-headliner Sunday.)

Here’s the poster:


Tickets are on sale (3-day passes at $270, single day at $100) over at See you there.

Comments (72)
  1. Nora  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Everyone will be pissing thier pants over Sir Paul, but the fact that Throbbing Gristle is finally playing over here is totally worth the ticket price.

  2. Jim  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0


  3. EnchantingWizardofRhythm  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0


  4. andy  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    where’s the pavement reunion? or really any big reunion?

    saturday blowssssssssss. chances are amy winehouse will bail and lol @ thievery corporation. sunday’s not that great either, except for MBV.

    friday owns no problems there except i wonder why the hold steady are so low on the list

    still i hope the rumors of bruce & an animal collective late night are true at bonnaroo

  5. Ryan  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    The Hold Steady gets smaller font than Peter, Bjorn, & John and Thievery Corporation? WTF?

    • Hmm maybe it’s because we need to work quite a bit harder to be anywhere near as fun to listen to or as creative as those artists. We consider ourselves lucky to be included in Coachella and to be jizzed over by blogs like this one. We don’t even get it! Ha! Finn, out.

    • hey Paul:

      The reason Hold Steady gets down played is b/c Coachella people, like me, think that Hold Steady is WAY over rated compared to all of the other great artists out there.

      We’ll be doing a special series for Coachella 2009, so stay tuned to

    • reido  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

      news flash dude:

      the hold steady fucking suck.

  6. Cloud Cult! Yay!

  7. Sub My Morning Jacket for The Killers on Saturday night and you’ve got a great festival. Also, it would be great to have the Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, and MMJ the same day so every can see how the DON”T sound the same.

  8. Slackers everywhere  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Haz sad cuz no pavmentz or kullected ahnimuls!

  9. sunday kinda blows

  10. Animal Collective or it didn’t happen

  11. evan  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    uhhhh leonard cohen, yall? that’s pretty amazing. however, with no pavement reunion, i don’t feel the need to hop trains from the east coast to see this.

  12. I don’t see Katy Perry on this list.
    I guess Ryan Seacrest isn’t the most trusted journalist in America after all.

  13. win; MBV, Morrissey

    Fail: Sir Paul, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation (lol), The Cure (probably fail), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this comment.

    Omission Fail: Radiohead, Animal Collective, Pavement reunion, John Lennon, the return of Jesus,

  14. Kevin Shields  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    how is The Cure billed over My Bloody Valentine?

  15. Ugh, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s are still on the cultural radar? I saw them six years ago at Irving Plaza when they opened for Sleater-Kinney. They were awful. It would be fantastic to see Leonard Cohen, though.

  16. dawg  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Defamer broke this two days ago.

  17. Ari  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    I want paveeemennnttt….
    otherwise very pleased with saturday. friday is good but sunday only have mbv and like… lykke li.
    def going day 2.

  18. where the fuck is animal collective?

  19. chris  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Maybe I’ll just go on Friday

  20. pete  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    so the “kids” love Macca & Leonard Cohen?!?! and has everyone forgotten why TG has not played in so long…a little matter of their lead singer being wanted for child pornography in Europe! still trying to be Glastonbury…still not getting there…
    save your $270 and buy some good music for yourselves instead, boys & girls

  21. woozefa  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    i imagine animal collective will be a last minute surprise headliner announcement for sat.

  22. Vels  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Could we not sneak Johnny Marr onstage Friday night and finally get a real noteworthy reunion going?

  23. Black Jesus  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    I just wanna get drunk and see the hold steady right now.

  24. Here’s my take on Coachella. I’ve put together my list of who to see at the fest and included a live video of each band. Lots of work, so enjoy!

  25. Chadams  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    As much as I can half-stand Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, & PB&J, I think they’re being rushed to the top of the line-up only making room for unknowns that have every chance of disappointing. I’d personally rather not have left that line-up so open to newcomers like that. Otherwise, it ain’t bad. (Would’ve put Macca on Sun., though)

  26. Even when Macca’s got a new album to promote (which he will), the setlist is heavy on Beatles

    Should be fun.

  27. the small print is the best

  28. David Glickman  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Where is Pavement?! I was promised a Pavement Reunion! If they don’t get back together for ATP New York I will be pissed

  29. jubie  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    No Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear= EPIC FAIL

  30. billybass  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Im hoping Pavement and Animal Collective play bonnaroo.

  31. a lot of great artists!! man, I wish I could go. I’m gonna go into the corner, cry and suck my thumb now…

  32. Killers as a headline is fucking lame as shit.

  33. fuck this lineup

  34. I definitely would have preferred the fake Coachella lineup poster over this one.

  35. Marie  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Where’s Jack Johnson? :(

  36. Violet  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    What is this nonsense of the Killers headlining over Morrissey and My Bloody Valentine?!

  37. Dugan  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    I was hoping for Blur.

  38. no RHCP?
    ohwell sounded 2 good.

  39. adelaide  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    I fucking hate australia right now. perry farrell and henry rollins in the same festival. I cried.

  40. and the fucking gaslight anthem

    seriously stereogum, go ahead and continue to refuse coverage of such an awesome band

  41. Macca, Moz and Leonard Cohen (does he have a cool nickname?) on the same day is pretty amazing. Since they went to the 3-day format, Friday’s usually been the weakest day. Not this year.

  42. Brian  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2009 0

    Friday & Saturday look great, Friday is way overbooked with talent, but Sunday is empty. Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be great, but the rest is not that amazing in my opinion.

  43. I should know  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2009 0

    Why is SHEPHARD FAIREY listed? What’s he going to do, spray paint for 30 minutes? I hope not, because that douchebag’s 15 minutes were up 15 minutes ago.

  44. che  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2009 0

    Sir Paul got the Colbert bump on Wednesday and look where he is now, headlining Coachella!

  45. Fatmah  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    Saturday’s the best day, in my opinion. The Killers, Thievery Corporation, Mastodon, Fleet Foxes, Calexico, Dr. Dog, Blitzen Trapper.
    Coachella overall is looking pretty good this year. Anyone as excited about Rothbury as I am?

  46. jim  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2009 0

    animal collective>coachella

  47. its growing on me

  48. wow  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2009 0

    nobody appreciates good hip hop on stereogum…THEMSELVES is playing on sunday!

  49. Juneau AK gezzer boy  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2009 0

    I was thinking of going to coachella but after seeing paul on the ticket I am glad to be two thousand miles away from it. Had my fill of him in the 60/70′s

  50. chris  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2009 0

    They should keep the artists they have but reschedule them into different days like: Dadrock Friday (Moz, Macca, Killers, Weller) Trainwreck Saturday (Amy Winehouse, Brian Jonestown Massacre, TRAVISDJ-AM, the Horrors) & Awesome Sunday (Tinariwen, Mastadon, MBV, Throbbing Gristle) with a Special Fourth Magical Day featuring a reunited Pavement, Blur, Spacemen 3, Led Zeppelin & an exhumed & zombified Beatles!

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